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D.B.A.

The fee for the first Fictitious Business Name is $10 and each additional name is $2. Pursuant to State law, you are required to publish in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the principle place of business is located within 30 days.

Please be aware that many of the local newspapers will take care of filing and advertising the new business name for a reasonable fee.

Information:


Individuals:
When someone operates a business under any other name than their name given at birth, it is considered a fictitous name.

Corporations:
When a corporation operates a business under any other name than the corporation name that has been registered with the Secretary of State, it is considered to be doing business as the new name.

Limited Liability Companies (LLC):
When a LLC operates a business under any other name other than the name of the LLC that has been registered with the Secretary of State, it is considered to be doing business as the new name.

If someone is conducting business under their own name they are not required to file as long as the business includes their last name and specifically describes their business functions (i.e. Smith's Plumbing, Wendy Chan's Computer Repair, W. Brown Auto Repair). A name that partly describes the business would not be placed into this category (i.e., Smith's Water, Wendy Chan's Computers, W. Brown Auto).

A statement is supposed to be filed within 40 days from the start of business according to the Business Professions Code. If one does not file within the allotted time the County Clerk's Office will not penalize. This is usually only an issue if someone has filed a complaint against the business in small claims court. The Clerk's Office does not act as a policing agent to registrants who want to take action against other businesses or if someone wants to take action against a registrant. We suggest that you also contact an attorney. Also, the Better Business Bureau can be contacted for assistance.

Publication:


State law requires that within 30 days after a Fictitious Business Name Statement has been filed, the registrant shall publish a copy of the statement in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principle place of business is located.
There are approximately 50 newspapers in Los Angeles County that provide this service. They can be found in the yellow pages of the telephone directory, under the heading "newspapers". The publishing fees of the individual newspapers vary.

The newspapers offering publication services in this facility are private businesses, unaffiliated with the County of Los Angeles. The County of Los Angeles neither endorses nor recommends any publication service.

Search for the name
Before the name is ordered it should be searched.

YOU MAY SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:


Postal Contact:
Business Filing and Registration
P.O. Box 53592
Los Angeles, Ca 90053-0592

The Los Angeles Fictitious Names Bureau website can be viewed online by clicking [HERE]. They can also be contacted by telephone at (213) 462-2177.
APPLICATIONS MAY ALSO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY CLICKING [HERE].

Smith Mandel & Associates can be contacted in the following ways:
By Phone: (818) 556-4000
[Email Us]
By fax: (818) 556-4009
[Smith Mandel & Associates, LLP Website]
By mail:
333 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Suite 201
Burbank, CA 91502